These Hanging Chairs Will Eat You Alive… That Shark Can Chew Me Asleep Any Day.

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By joining forces with Ismael Bey, Hefer is using traditional craftsmanship for his modern designs.

South African designer Porky Hefer's latest designs of chairs look more like hungry animals rather than a cozy place to sit. The hanging sling chairs take on the shape of an orca, pelican, pufferfish, and even an alligator ready to take a huge bite. He wanted to use animals because the, "pieces get people to think about nature, and its fragility, and make them consider how to protect it,

Based in Cape Town, Hefer relied on traditional stitching and weaving from his native country for this project. He worked with weaver master Ismael Bey, in order to revitalize the declining craft, “so these traditions don’t die out.”

Hefer's series Monstera Deliciosa was shown at Design Miami 2015.


Porky Hefer

Porky Hefer

Some of the materials varied from leather to kooboo cane.

Porky Hefer

Porky Hefer

A lot of the designs are made at Cape Town Society for the Blind. All the workers are trained by Bey.

Porky Hefer

Porky Hefer

The exposition described the series as "nesting environments."

Porky Hefer

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Next, giant LEGO furniture.

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